Form and function from your HTPC case

Subject: Systems | January 20, 2009 - 01:14 PM |
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For just over $200 you can get your hands on the Thermaltake DH-101 VF7001BNS, an HTPC case with the styling you would expect from Thermaltake.   Not only is it pretty on the outside, there was plenty of room inside to fit a HD 2900XT.  Motherboards.org takes you through their whole experience, from unboxing to final assembly in their review.

The Ion is mightier than the pen, and only slightly larger

Subject: Systems | January 14, 2009 - 12:47 PM |
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nVIDIA's Ion is a 1.6GHz Atom 330 processor and a GeForce 9400M MCP with 16 integrated GeForce graphics cores.  This lets you handle DX10 graphics, NVIDIA CUDA and HD video on a 3" x 4" motherboard, or a complete system about the size of a good sandwich.  Not only did Legit Reveiws get to see a full working Ion, they were also able to benchmark it.

BFG TECHNOLOGIES UNVEILS PHOBOS

Subject: Systems | January 6, 2009 - 12:40 PM |
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Lake Forest, IL - January 5, 2009 - BFG Technologies, known as a leading supplier of premium power supplies and 3D graphics cards, is excited to announce its first line of complete gaming and multimedia PCs, called Phobos. These sleek hand-built, high performance machines were designed with the "Graduated Gamer" in mind. This audience is looking for all the performance associated with a high-end gaming system, but none of the hassle related to building and servicing such a system.

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Another win for NVIDIA with Apple

The MacWorld Expo starts this week and once again rumors are swirling about potential new products being announced at the show. We have some exclusive information on the new iMacs and Mac Mini that will be announced as well as the potential for a new 28" iMac model and a new Mac Pro machine.

HP puts the Firebird 803 on my Christmas list

Subject: Systems | December 23, 2008 - 08:50 PM |
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If you were on the look out for a tiny new computer, maybe something along the lines of the ASUS Eee Box, then perhaps you should take a gander at what HP has just announced: the Firebird 803 infused with "Voodoo DNA" or something like that.  What in fact we are seeing is a tiny replica of the HP Blackbird 002 chassis infused with a small form factor PC that is has impressive specs and is damn sexy to look at. 

Source: engadget

iMacs and Mac Minis likely to get NVIDIA chispets next month

Subject: Systems | December 22, 2008 - 11:42 PM |
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After our correct assertion that Apple would adopt the NVIDIA GeForce 9400/9300 chipsets in the newest MacBook and MacBook Pro, it seems more and more likely that NVIDIA will dig itself further into the world of Apple.  This time around it looks like the Mac Mini and the iMacs are the most likely rumored products to transition to NVIDIA-based chipsets.

Source: Ars Technica

BFG Full System Rumors Persist

Subject: Systems | December 18, 2008 - 02:09 PM |
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Kyle over at HardOCP has posted a couple of different spy shots of what looks to be a new custom-built PC and PC brand from BFG Tech.  Today, the screenshot depicts a touch screen on the front of the machine and what appears to be the optical drive slot on the TOP of the machine. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Cool and quiet in Vancouver

Subject: Systems | December 11, 2008 - 11:38 AM |
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If you are looking for a quiet PC, Canadian retailer Anitec has a system for sale that is certified by SPCR as conforming to their acoustic requirements.  At it's heart is a Core 2 Duo E7300 and 2GB of Kingson DDR2 800MHz, along with a 9400GT 512MB, so it isn't a gaming powerhouse.  It is a quiet and cool running PC perfect for environments where those are the major requirements.  If you aren't in Vancouver and cannot visit their brick and mortar store, you can easily find them on the web for delivery.

Get more from your HTPC

Subject: Systems | December 4, 2008 - 11:23 AM |
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Setting up the perfect HTPC can be easier that figuring out exactly how to use it.  Sure there are fancy universal remotes, or full sized wireless keyboards but they are about as elegant a solution as getting up and walking over to it to control it.  ExtremeMhz has found a solution they like, the 262x112x23mm (10x4.5x1") Brando Wireless Tiny Multimedia Keyboard.  Read on to find out what impressed them so much.

Source: ExtremeMhz

The Guru's picks

Subject: Systems | December 3, 2008 - 03:36 PM |
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Head to the Guru of 3D to see their picks for the perfect Christmas system
Three tiers are covered, from the budget gamer to the powerhouse, and the prices you will pay for the systems vary accordingly.  As a handy bonus, each build has a target resolution to play games at, so you can also match your monitor to your system.  No point in building a system that plays best at 2560x1600 if your monitor can only manage 1680x1050!

Source: Guru of 3D